"We thank the Government of South Sudan for honoring its promise of supporting the National Dialogue process, and seeing it through to the end," said Hon. Angelo Beda, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, during the opening ceremony.
The National Dialogue is an independent but complementary process to South Sudan’s Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Its purpose is to build a renewed consensus on contentious issues fueling conflict and insecurity, and to revitalize South Sudanese aspirations for development and membership in the world of nations. Through National Dialogue implementation, the President relinquished his role as patron and the government released political prisoners. Discussions were open to the public to observe and monitor, with some broadcast live.
“When South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, it was one of the greatest achievements in human history. Now, this National Dialogue is another significant event to consolidate national unity and pave the way for a stable and prosperous future for this country,” said Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan H.E. Naohiro Tsutsumi, in a video message congratulating the country’s leadership and conference delegates for the national ownership of the process.
The mechanics of the National Dialogue process drew from experiences such as Yemen, Tunisia and South Africa. "Each country conducts their own dialogue, and South Sudan has conducted a process that suits the people of South Sudan,” said David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan.
A UN Taskforce on the National Dialogue, comprised of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the UN Country Team, worked to support the process’ credibility, transparency and inclusivity. UNDP’s engagement was based on institutional and technical expertise in national dialogue processes globally in conformity with the United Nations National Dialogue Engagement Strategy.